“If reality is the known—as you know your way home to your house—then it is very simple; you can make a path to it. then you can have a discipline, then you can bind yourself to it with various forms of yogas, disciplines, beliefs, so as not to wander away. But is reality something known? And if it is known, is it the real? Surely, reality is something from moment to moment, which can only be found in the silence of the mind. So there is no path to truth, in spite of all the philosophies; because reality is the unknowable, unnameable, unthinkable. What you can think about truth is the outcome of your background, of your tradition, of your knowledge. But truth is not of knowledge, is not of memory, is not of experience.
If the mind can create a God, as it does, surely it is not God is it? , it is merely a word. The mind can only think in words, in symbols, in images. And what the mind creates is not the real. The word is all we know. And to have faith in that God which the mind has created, obviously gives us certain strength. That is all we know. We have read, we have been conditioned—as Christians, or Buddhists, as communists, or what you will—and that conditioning is all we know. There is a path always to the known; but not to the unknown…
For the unknown comes into being only when the mind is no longer searching, no longer asking, petitioning. Then the mind, fully comprehending the whole process of itself, naturally comes to that silence in which there is creative reality."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti’s Talks, 1953 (Verbatim Report)
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